Moving Forward Together

Press Releases

Jul 26 2021

While we commend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General for its investigation, there is more work to be done to ensure pregnant people and their families are treated with dignity and compassion as they seek their legal right to asylum in the U.S. No one should be forced to give birth in custody or immediately returned to a carceral setting with a newborn baby. We urge the federal government to continue investing in infrastructure and in processes that provide humanitarian reception along the border region.

Jul 19 2021

Jewish Family Service continues to stand with the nation’s Dreamers. The ruling in Texas puts thousands of our friends, colleagues, and neighbors at greater risk of deportation – many who have never known any home other than the United States.

Jul 13 2021
SAN DIEGO (July 13, 2021) – Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has named Emily Jennewein as chair of the nonprofit’s board of
Jun 24 2021
From Michael Hopkins, CEO Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) strongly supports the Biden-Harris administration’s plan for broadening the pool of migrants who
May 5 2021

Board of Supervisors Approve Lawson-Remer’s Plan to Uphold Immigrants’ Constitutional Right to an Attorney. Jewish Family Service supported and worked on this legislation.

May 3 2021

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) applauds the Biden-Harris administration for its presidential determination to begin resettling 62,500 refugees this year. We look forward to helping individuals and families from around the world rebuild their lives in San Diego in safety and with dignity.

Apr 28 2021

Today, the Senate Rules Committee appointed Dana Toppel, Chief Operating Officer at Jewish Family Service, to the California Commission on Aging during its hearing. As Chair of the California Senate Rules Committee, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), who recommended Toppel to serve on the commission, issued the following statement…

Apr 21 2021

The guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd provides accountability and is a critical step in the right direction, as we recognize that acts of hate, racial oppression, and the dehumanization of people of color continue at devastating rates in our country.

Apr 6 2021
SAN DIEGO (April 6, 2021) – San Diego for Every Child – a nonprofit coalition housed under Jewish Family Service of San Diego –
Mar 22 2021

San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) Migrant Shelter Services, operated by Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS), has announced an urgent need for volunteers and additional staff. Job openings such as shelter services manager, coordinator and assistant can be viewed at www.jfssd.org/careers. Vital volunteer needs include airport guides, patient advocates and couriers are at www.jfssd.org/helpnow.

Feb 12 2021

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) applauds the Biden-Harris administration’s move to formally begin unwinding the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP or “Remain in Mexico”), which has denied protection and safety in the U.S. to tens of thousands of asylum seekers and forced them into dangerous situations across the border.

Feb 2 2021

Jewish Family Service, and our partners in the San Diego Rapid Response Network, remain committed to providing services for migrants, including providing respite shelter services for asylum-seeking families, free legal services and education in response to ongoing immigration emergencies, and more.

Jan 28 2021
SAN DIEGO – Today, a binational group of 97 organizations released a letter urging the President Joe Biden administration to improve the nation’s asylum
Jan 21 2021

Jewish Family Service stands ready to support the implementation of President Biden’s day one announcements and help immigrants navigate these policy changes.

Dec 11 2020
SAN DIEGO (Dec 11, 2020) – Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded its 13th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator
Dec 4 2020

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFSSD) applauds a federal judge’s decision to restore the DACA program in full. This is a great positive step for the many people who have been waiting to apply for DACA for the first time.

Oct 28 2020
Los Angeles — Today, immigration advocates filed a new lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. The policy has forced over 60,000
Oct 26 2020

In conjunction with the City of Poway, JFS has launched a food distribution dedicated to supporting older adults ages 60 and older. The free, contactless distribution is now open every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Poway Senior Center (16315 Pomerado Rd.).

Sep 17 2020

FBI San Diego presented the 2019 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award to Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) for our partnership and service to the FBI and the law enforcement community. Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Suzanne Turner presented the award to Carole Yellen, JFS Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Sep 9 2020

5,000 San Diego Children Benefitted from New Skills Learned by Parents

Aug 26 2020

“Kea and Christopher bring decades of leadership experience to the JFS team and will have a huge impact on how we empower the community as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond.” – Michael Hopkins

Jul 28 2020
From Michael Hopkins, CEO, Jewish Family Service of San Diego The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement today that it will not accept new
Jul 24 2020
JFS was recently informed of a recent security incident at Blackbaud, our financial and fundraising technology provider, that may have involved the personal information
Jul 10 2020

On June 30, 2020, U.S. Border Patrol expelled to Mexico a two-day-old newborn U.S. citizen and his mother seeking asylum in San Diego. A couple days earlier, Border Patrol had separated the mother from the father and their other young son, who were also forced to return to Mexico. After expressing fear of returning, all were denied their right under U.S. law to non-refoulement interviews (also known as fear of return to Mexico interviews), which are required under U.S. law. The baby is now in Mexico with no legal status.

Read on to learn about how Jewish Family Service of San Diego and ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties have filed a joint complaint to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. JFS also filed a parole request for the family to be granted entry into the U.S. while they await asylum proceedings.